Keeping Active In Your Snowbird Roost

Once you’ve decided on the region you’d like to visit, consider the RV park where you’d like to while away the winter months.

Canyon Vista RV Resort, Gold Canyon, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Canyon Vista RV Resort, Gold Canyon, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Many of these parks welcome snowbirds with open arms and even schedule special events or social mixers for their winter guests. Many parks also offer amenities that will keep you active through winter months.

Some RV parks even offer classes for snowbirds eager to learn a new skill or hobby. Come spring, you can impress your friends back home with the things you’ve learned and the photos you’ve brought back with you.

The choice is yours, but remember: You’re on wheels, so take advantage and go exploring. Wherever you land, you’ll find thriving snowbird parks packed with amenities and an abundance of on-site activities.

Joining the RV Snowbird Community

While some snowbirds spend the winter months traveling from one warm-weather location to another, others enjoy long-term stays at RV parks and resorts that cultivate a sense of community among seasonal residents.

Texas Lakeside RV Resort, Port Lavaca, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Texas Lakeside RV Resort, Port Lavaca, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Many snowbird parks provide resort amenities designed for long-term guests, including a Welcome Center, a well-appointed clubhouse and activity building, free cable or satellite TV and high-speed Internet at site, large swimming pools and heated spas, and fully-appointed fitness center.

Many of the larger RV resorts have multiple halls with breakout rooms for activities,

classes, and special events. Computer rooms, game rooms with pool tables, tennis and shuffleboard courts, a pickle ball facility, and an arts and craft room frequented by quilters and sewing enthusiasts are also available for winter residents.

Other amenities may include a nine- or 18-hole golf course, a fenced-in dog park, stocked lake, onsite hiking and biking trails, croquet courts, movie theatre, large ballrooms, dining options, and a variety of activities. Some seniors-oriented RV parks have literally hundreds of organized activities to keeps seasoned snowbirds involved and active.

Everything from fun-filled activities to luxurious spa treatments, from sewing and quilting classes to exercise and meditation classes, such as yoga, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong are offered.

Indian Waters RV Resort, Indio, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Indian Waters RV Resort, Indio, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Water aerobics, personal trainers, and professional entertainment including live musical concerts, comedy shows, and celebrity impersonators may also be offered at some winter resorts. Many 55+ RV parks also have a variety of arts and crafts classes, from painting to woodworking and lapidary where you’ll learn the art of jewelry making by cutting, grinding, and setting stones. Others may teach silver smithing and wire wrapping. Some parks offer gourd painting, Swedish blanket making, water color painting, woodcarving, pottery, and ceramics.

In some resorts many activities center around dancing, dance classes, and dance workshops (from pre-beginners to Advance II to Phase VI)—square dance, line dance, round dance, ball room dance, mainstream dance, pattern dance, tap dance, 2-step, waltz, cha-cha, Latin dance, Zumba, Jitterbug, Western Swing, Country Western dance, and clogging.

Pet amenities include off-leash dog areas, walking areas, and agility courses for people with dogs as well as special pet-related activities.

A beautiful Sonoran Desert sunset near Casa Grande, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A beautiful Sonoran Desert sunset near Casa Grande, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The resorts also offer periodic seminars on health related topics as well as potlucks, wine tastings, and organized tours to casinos and special events. Other 55+ resorts set aside an open area of the park where guests can grow their own organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs including kale, peppers, tomatoes, onions, and radishes.

Best of all, the active 55+ resorts are located in some of the most popular snowbird destinations in the Sun Belt, such as the rugged desert southwest, the tropical Gulf, and stunning Atlantic Coast.

Worth Pondering…

We have chosen to be reasonably warm year-round, so we are snowbirds. Every year when we hear the honks of the Canada geese overhead at our northern home, something in our genes starts pulling our inner-compass to the South. And an inner voice whispers: “Surely you’re as smart as a goose.” Feeling that I am at least as smart as a silly goose, I line up the RV with that compass pointer and head for the Sun Belt.

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